EAB is an exotic Asian beetle, first discovered in the United States in 2002, in Michigan. The adult beetles are emerald green (pictured at right), while larvae are white-to-cream colored. These beetles feed on and destroy ash trees. Evidence of EAB damage has been discovered in Arkansas, as of early summer of 2014. Officials suspect the EAB has a one-year life cycle in the Arkansas climate. It is suspected that human transportation of the beetle (through movement of firewood and/or ash items through industry-related transport) is quickest way for it to travel, state-to-state.
Since September of 2014, the ASPB has declared an EAB Quarantine for counties with confirmed EAB sites, and buffer counties around those counties. Quarantined items continue to include firewood of all hardwood species, and the following ash items: nursery stock; green lumber with bark attached; other material living, dead, cut or fallen including logs, pulpwood, stumps, roots, branches, mulch and composted/un-composted chips (1 inch or greater). Firewood is the only quarantined item that relates to all hardwood; all other quarantined items are relative to ash, only. Quarantined items can move freely within the quarantined area. The restrictions only apply to the movement of items listed within the quarantined counties to areas outside of them.
Seventeen Arkansas counties have confirmed sites of EAB (Bradley, Calhoun, Clark, Cleveland, Columbia, Dallas, Garland, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Lafayette, Montgomery, Pike, Nevada, Ouachita, Randolph, Saline, and Union). The other sixteen counties under quarantine are considered buffer/at risk areas.
Contact the Arkansas State Plant Board for full quarantine details at: 501-225-1598 or firstname.lastname@example.org.